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Meeting on Social and Economic Rights in the Council of Europe

On 15 October 2015 Deputy Public Defender Natia Katsitadze and Head of the Department of International Relations and Communications Niko Tatulashvili attended a meeting of representatives of the Council of Europe, the European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights, the European Network of Equality Bodies and national human rights institutions in Strasbourg.

The main theme of the meeting was protection of social and economic rights in the Council of Europe member states. At the opening of the event, the General Rapporteur of the European Committee of Social Rights, Lauri Leppik, talked about the challenges related to the implementation of the European Social Charter. It was noted that in many cases representatives of states cannot properly realize the essence of the Charter commitments.

The parties agreed to work more actively, including with representatives of states, to raise awareness of social and economic rights; to work with the states which have not ratified the updated Social Charter as well as with those which have not adopted all articles of the Charter, in order to ensure better protection of social and economic rights in the Council of Europe member states in the future.

The Deputy Public Defender of Georgia emphasized that although Georgia ratified the updated Social Charter in 2005, there remain a number of articles not adopted by the Georgian side, and that the Public Defender of Georgia plans to actively work in this direction.

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